Category Archives: Costuming

Easter Torture

As a drama director I confess I can fixate on clothes. I love to spend months combing fabric stores, thrift boutiques, and prop closets to assemble costumes that immediately communicate the role I’ve cast each actor to play. Recently, my grown son reminded me that I had … Continue reading

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Speaking Tips for the Terrified Writer

When a good writer is great at public speaking sales can often increase. But when a terrified writer bombs on the stage, sales can actually decrease. Audiences expect more than confidence, passion, and knowledge from the person behind a microphone. … Continue reading

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Dress for Speaking Success

The other day I was asked to join a couple of author friends at a speaking gig in East Texas. My first concern should have been what to say? But I worried more about what to wear? Call me shallow, … Continue reading

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Setting + Costumes = Stronger Characters

In theater, setting and costumes help the audience visualize the characters. There’s an art to choosing the perfect furniture piece or costume color. People who are good at dressing a show get paid a lot. Writers can use the same … Continue reading

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Characters that Pop

I asked good friend and author Carla Stewart to drop by and discuss her favorite character in her new release, STARDUST. Carla’s writing reflects her passion for times gone by. A child of the fifties and sixties, she recalls it as … Continue reading

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Wardrobe Malfunction

This year’s Super Bowl halftime show was the costuming extravaganza Madonna promised. If your eyes weren’t glued to the cadre of muscled gladiators, then you noticed that the 53-year-old pop singer took the stage looking like Cleopatra in a glittery … Continue reading

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Accessorize with Purpose

At first glance, this may seem like just a scarf, but in truth, this accessory has a story. Lynne peered inside the beautiful black and white gift bag. “For me?” “For you.” Her friend Kim beamed. “Try it on.” Lynne … Continue reading

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Mastering Body Language Earns a Best Actress Nomination

Today, in the Dallas Morning News movie critic Chris Vognar reviewed Glenn Close’s Oscar nominated performance where she plays a man secretly living as a woman in order to earn a steady wage in the harsh 19th-century Irish economy. Since we … Continue reading

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Oscar Nominations 2012

The Oscar Nominations came out today. Don’t you know the designers are lining up, salivating over who gets to dress who in what. This year, there are some classy ladies in the running. Can’t wait to see what Meryl Streep, … Continue reading

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Beauty Queens May Age, But They Never Really RETIRE their TIARAS

I can’t tell you how excited I was to dust off my old tiaras for the Pulpwood Queen’s Girlfriend Weekend. I have three tiaras … all of them won years ago. (Miss Kansas FFA being the biggest … impressive, right?) Pulpwood Queens … Continue reading

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